Multi-School Night for the Fight Battles Cancer
19 schools help fight pediatric cancer
For the second year, students from around the tristate will gather for “Night for the Fight” at Xavier University, where they will walk and participate in games and contests all night to raise money for cancer research.
Created in 2012 by a a coalition of CancerFree KIDS, The Cure Starts Now Foundation, and a group of high school students and teachers, the event hopes to make contributing to cancer research a habit for young people, so that their future children will never face the heartbreak of a diagnosis of a disease with no cure.
The Feb. 7th event will include food, entertainment, tributes to family members who have died of cancer, and fellowship — more than 450 from a dozen Catholic and public high schools attended last year, raising $50,000.
Kelly Higgins, now a junior at Mount Notre Dame High School in Reading, OH, and a co-founder of the event, says she is one of many participants personally touched by cancer.
“As someone who lost her father to brain cancer in 2012, I wanted to have a night for everyone to come together, share stories, raise awareness and donations to help fight cancer.”
Grace, a student at Saint Ursula Academy in East Walnut Hills/Cincinnati, says she is excited to be a part of the event. “I think that Night for the Fight is a great way for us high school students to contribute to the battle against pediatric cancer and make a difference in a unique way.”
After raising money and getting the word out to their peers, family, friends, and community, student organizers say they have learned a lot about the importance of leadership, volunteering, and giving back.
St. Ursula Academy student Claire says, “Not only have I helped to organize a wonderful event, but I have also realized that it is never too early to start advocating for a cause that you believe in!”
- St. Xavier High School
- Moeller High School
- Mount Notre Dame High School
- Seton High School
- Ursuline Academy
- Loveland High School
- Bishop Fenwick High School
- Deer Park High School
- Indian Hill High School
- Kings High School
- Lakota East High School
- Mason High School
- McNicholas High School
- Mother of Mercy High School
- Milford High School
- North College Hill High School
- Princeton High School
- St. Ursula Academy
- St. Henry District High School
Support, donate or learn about the cause by going to www.nightforthefight.org.
Photos courtesy Mount Notre Dame High School.
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